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Woman Drinking Water on a Hot Day

The human body is almost 70% water. During the summer when temperatures soar, it can be extremely difficult to make sure the body receives the amount of water it needs to not only stay cool, but to also function properly. While people can drink themselves silly trying to quench their first, there are a few things can prevent you from feeling like you are going to drown.

Exchange a glass or two of water with a few servings of fresh fruit and vegetables. Fresh produce contains an abundance of water, in addition to the nutrients and fiber. Strawberries and watermelon rank as the highest in water content being over 90% water. Coming in at almost 85% water is an extensive list of produce that includes something for almost everyone in the family. Those that make this list include cantaloupe, blueberries, pineapple, peaches, cranberries, oranges, apricots and plums, just to name a few.

When it comes to the veggies, cabbage, radishes, lettuce, cucumbers, cauliflower, peppers and tomatoes all average between 90 and 95% water. Eating fruits and vegetables raw in the summer months not only keeps the body hydrated, it supplies it with much needed nutrients that encourage healing and prevent injuries from occurring.

Eating foods in their freshest state will also help you to keep excess pounds off during the summer months. Fresh fruits and vegetables provide massive amounts of fiber that help the stomach to feel full faster, causing you to eat less. The extra water will help to flush toxins from the body and keep you cool during the long, hot hours of the day. Buy a juicer or eat foods in their natural state, either way, they will provide you with just what you need to stay hydrated and feeling great.


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